Just back from New York
I caught the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC a few times last week - she's the rising star of political analysis in America - with a PhD in political science (she doesn't own a tv but she loves to debate), she's studied AIDS and prison reform. She's fast-talking, sassy, smart, a self-proclaimed "butch dyke" and liberal - kind of the opposite of Fox News's horrendous Bill O'Reilly - except where Bill tends to shout over his guests and has no sense of humour, Rachel charms everyone with a smile and a joke. Here's her explanation of the Wall Street crisis:
She's doing very good things for MSNBC's ratings - she's just what America needs.
What America needs a bit less of though is Mo'Nique (and that's not a disparaging comment on her weight). Mo'Nique is one of the many celebrities who rarely register outside of the US. She's done a bit of everything - comedy, acting, reality tv hosting. Every time I visit America, Mo'nique is in the news with some bizarre story. A couple of years ago it was about a bizarre "air rage" incident on United Airlines. Mo'Niqe was holed up in first class while her entourage were in Economy. One of her assistants went into first class to get a hair dryer from a locker and a flight attendent apparently said "Tell your people that the next time they have an attitude, they are being thrown off ... Since 9/11, we don't play around." Mo'Nique wasn't having this and in the ensuing fraccas, she was esorted off the plane. Her take on it: "I felt like I was being treated like an animal. This happens to black people all the time, and they don't have a voice. It was humiliating."
Sadly, there were no air rage incidents to report this time, but I did catch Mo'Nique on some chat show were she was claiming that her recent weight loss was down to the fact that someone who she'd never even met had cast a weight loss spell on her. Via a DVD. The show reported all of this uncritically... Mo'Nique was walking rather stiffly - as if she'd perhaps had quite a bit of surgery and was wearing one of those corsets to hold everything in place afterwards...
Now that Mo'Nique is starting to lose weight (by whatever means - supernatural or otherwise), I wonder what she will be able to talk about in her comedy routines. Here's her rather coarse take on "skinny bitches":
Rachel Maddow and Mo'Nique - two faces of the two faces of America.